I’ve actually been making good progress catching up in Guild Wars 2’s season 2, although I’m still like four months behind the rest of the crowd. As I’m saying, “Oh, this Silverwastes place is pretty cool!” the GW2 community looks at me with derision. “No duh, scrub.”
Really, I just want it done so that it’s done and not because I’m so caught up in a story of plants and dragons. To tell you the truth, if you were pointing a pistol at my head and asked me to regurgitate the narrative to this point, there would be a lot of stammering and fragmented sentences. “Uh, so there’s this underground plant dragon that this one plant-girl woke up… and the plant started showing up everywhere… oh! plant wolves that are annoying to fight… and everyone gets together to agree that the plant dragon is bad… and the plants attack a big tree, which is kind of weird because, y’know, they’re both plants… and then Superman’s Fortress of Solitude reveals that there’s a dragon egg, which is important for some reason, but another crazy plant girl steals the egg… and Asura were kind of jerks to the plant people.”
I would be dead in seconds. Alas for Syp.
That’s where I’m at. Instead of tracking my progress by story, I’ve been mentally logging my journey by what obstacles I had to overcome that day. It’s a close call between the thorny maze and the whole stealth mission as the most annoying I’ve played in this game. I’m sure there will be a jumping puzzle before long.
On the upside, it does seem as though there’s a bigger effort to produce an epic multi-part saga, and I have been taking screenshots like crazy as I visit all sorts of incredible set pieces. But probably the most impressive was just hanging out at the war-torn Silverwastes, where it feels a little more dynamic than other spots in the game. I was tasked to find clues around one fort, and while I was there it came under siege by computer enemies, who then blew open a hole in a wall. As I and other players rushed to push back the bad guys, I felt myself nodding in respect for the game surprising me in a good way.
I do have to ask: Are all Sylvari evil? It’s kind of personally hilarious to see how many of them are crazy, jerks, or deeply hated by the playerbase. Maybe ArenaNet decided to make them the butt monkeys of Guild Wars 2, which is surprising considering that they’re the Elf stand-ins.
I’ve also been playing my Necro as a 100% minion master these days. It might not be the most efficient (and I miss my wells), but it’s a sheer load of fun to see my army swarm all over bad guys and have them panic for a change.
I only have a few more missions to go to wrap up this storyline, at which point I’ll either be free to go dormant until Heart of Thorns’ release or to work on map exploration (but maybe that should wait until I can put that XP to masteries?).